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Grace Sherwood

AE Curator Jul 16
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Witches in Virginia? Between 1626 and 1730, 13 women and two men were accused of being witches; two were convicted and one was put to death. The most infamous was Grace Sherwood, known as “the Witch of Pungo.” A healer, herbalist, and midwife, Grace was accused of witchcraft and countersued twice before her famous trial. After her husband died, she was again accused and agreed to an “ordeal by water” and an examination to prove her innocence. She was convicted, jailed, and released eight years later. She retained her property and died peacefully in 1740. Governor Timothy Kaine pardoned her in 2006.

Location: Virginia Beach
Image: Creative Commons (PumpkinSky)

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